3 Day Tour | Northern Lights Vacation Packages - EI036

Whale Watching, South Coast, Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon

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Hop on this exclusive 3-day Northern Lights city break and see the top tourist attractions in Iceland! Join guided activities in the day and hunt the great aurora at night! We’ll go whale watching and sightseeing along the dramatic South Coast. Then head to the famous Golden Circle for geysers and waterfalls! This 3-day tour combines everything from black sand beaches to great rift valleys. Let’s explore together! Your guide will take free photos of you and the aurora, so you can always keep the memory alive!

Duration: 3 Days

Pick-up: 12:00 p.m.

Available: Sept-April

Age limit: 6 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • The Northern Lights
  • Whale watching tour
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot Spring Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • A visit to the Secret Lagoon


  • Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik
  • Minibus transport
  • Free Wifi on board
  • Entrance to the Secret Lagoon
  • Northern Lights Photos

Pick up & drop off:

You’ll be picked up and dropped off from your hotel or nearby meeting point in Reykjavik each day. You can find all our meeting points in Reykjavik on our Pick-up Information page.

Not Included:

  • Lunch

Remember to bring:

  • Packed lunch (alternatively, we’ll stop at cafés)
  • Bathing suit & towel (for the Secret Lagoon)
  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Headwear, scarves, and gloves
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Camera (If you have a tripod for your camera, don’t forget to pack it! It will help you photograph the Northern Lights.)

Please Note:

Since the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and heavily dependent on weather conditions we can’t guarantee that you will definitely see the lights. However, our expert guides will use all available information to give you the best chance of seeing them.

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49 473 per adult

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Day 1 - Whale Watching and Northern Lights

Welcome! Your 3-day Northern Lights tour in Iceland starts with a pleasant whale watching cruise. We’ll pick you up at 12:00 p.m. from your selected pickup location in Reykjavik. Our boat departs from Reykjavik’s Old Harbor, located close to the city center. 

Once our propeller roars to life, we’ll sail into the vast waters of Faxaflói Bay. The bay is known as Iceland’s premier destination for whale watching. As our boat heads towards the horizon, keep your eyes peeled for the ocean’s gentle giants. You’ll never forget your first whale sighting!

After the marine wildlife cruise, you’ll have a few hours to rest and prepare for the late evening  Northern Lights hunt. In the evening, your guide will take you deep into the countryside, far away from the city lights. Once the aurora lights up the dark sky, lose yourself in a blissful moment!

Pick-up Information

  • For the whale watching tour, pick up starts at 12:00 p.m. 
  • Depending on the season, the pick up for the Northern Lights part starts at 9:30 p.m. (March 1 to September 30) or 8:30 p.m. (October 1 to end of February).

Day 1 Highlights

Faxaflói Bay, situated in southwest Iceland, is a favorite area to see marine wildlife year-round. We’ll scan the nutrient-rich waters of the bay in search of various whale species. Once our boat leaves the port, enjoy the superb views of the snow-capped mountains in the distance. 

Minke whales are the most common whale in Iceland’s waters. Though one of the smallest species of whales, they are incredible swimmers. They can reach speeds of up to 21 miles per hour! These individuals are very curious, so expect them to swim around the boat, feeling unperturbed by our presence. 

Humpback whales are known for their acrobatic behavior and magical songs. Expect to see these gentle giants leaping out of the water. They also love to slap their tails and fins. These individuals are true ocean divas, always seeking attention!

White-beaked dolphins are the most frequently seen dolphins in the Land of Fire and Ice. These joyful and very social creatures live and travel in groups of about 30 individuals. They love to play with minke and humpback whales, as well as our boats!

Harbor porpoises are one of the smallest sea mammals. Unlike their dolphin relatives, harbor porpoises are loners and very shy. However, our expert wildlife watching guides will point you in the right direction. The sight of this elusive creature appearing at the surface is breathtaking!

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, tops the bucket lists of travelers all over the world for a great reason. The lights have captivated the human imagination for centuries.  However, it was only in the last few decades that scientists discovered what are they.

Now we know that the aurora is created by the interaction between the Sun and Earth’s magnetic fields. As solar wind – charged particles from the sun – enter the earth’s atmosphere, the lights appear.

In Iceland, the Northern Lights are most active from September to April. Our guides will take you to the best spots to spy the lights. Surrounded by darkness, marvel at this cosmic phenomena!

Day 2 - South Coast and Northern Lights Tour

Today we’ll be exploring the South Coast, home to the most dramatic and memorable landscapes in the country. So, lace up your shoes and let the adventurous day begin! 

Like yesterday we’ll pick you up in Reykjavik. First, expect to see the majestic Sólheimajökull Glacier. Next, visit the otherworldly Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and two thundering cascades of  Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Then discover the subtle charms of Iceland’s southernmost village, Vik

After that, we’ll drop you off in Reykjavik. You’ll have some free time before your nocturnal adventure begins. As night falls, we’ll pick you up for the thrilling aurora chase. Tonight the lights have prepared another celestial show for you enjoy it!

Pick-up Information

  • The pick up for the South Coast tour starts at 8:00 a.m. During the Icelandic winter season (November 1st – Feb 15th ), it begins at 9:00 a.m. to make the most of the daylight.
  • The pick up for the Northern Lights part starts at 9:30 p.m. (March 1 to September 30) or  8:30 p.m. (October 1 to end of February).

Day 2 Highlights

Sólheimajökull Glacier is an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, the fourth largest glacier in the country. Sólheimajökull is the most accessible glacier tongue in Iceland. This means that you’ll have a unique opportunity to photograph the giant mass of ice from a close distance. Let the magnificent beauty of the ice cap take your breath away!

Reynisfjara is all about its black volcanic sands and rugged beauty. According to Lonely Planet, Reynisfjara is one of the world’s best beaches to enjoy in cold weather. Walk on jet-black sands and admire otherworldly rock formations. For more scenic treats, gaze at North Atlantic waves crashing onshore. 

Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks, located near the shore of Reynisfjara Beach, are natural rock formations. The cliffs rise out from the ocean 217 ft into the air. According to the legend, these rocks are trolls caught out at sunrise. Stroll along the misty coastline and gaze at these ghostly sea cliffs in the distance. 

Skógafoss is among Iceland’s biggest waterfalls. The roaring cascade drops 200-ft (60-m) into a river. On sunny days, the falls create vivid rainbows — a fun attraction for both adults and kids. The sound of the thundering water and the setting are breathtaking. Climb the steep staircase for dizzy views, if you wish. 

Seljalandsfoss is perhaps the most famous cascade in the country. The 200-ft (60-m) cascade plummets down into a shallow pool below. A path runs around the back of Seljalandsfoss. Walk behind the falls and get a literal behind-the-scenes peek at this natural wonder! 

Vík í Mýrdal is Iceland’s southernmost village. The town is known for its stunning panoramas and the beautiful white church on top of the hill. Wander around the city, breath in the crisp Icelandic air, and feel miles away from the modern world.

Day 3 - Golden Circle and Northern Lights Tour

On the final day, we’ll take you to the Golden Circle, the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland. Discover three natural wonders, unwind in a local hot spring, and wrap up your day with another fantastic aurora chase  it doesn’t get any better than this!

First, visit Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s most important historic  site and the place of rugged beauty. Then step into the Geysir Hot Spring Area and witness spectacular eruptions from Strokkur Geyser. Next, we’re off to see the incredible power of the Gullfoss Waterfall

Last but not least, visit the Secret Lagoon, a natural geothermal pool located in a small village called Fluðir. Soak in the warm waters and forget about all of life's worries for a while. 

In the evening, we’ll pick you up for another soul-stirring Northern Lights hunt. Let’s escape the city lights and enjoy the heavenly light show once again!

Pick-up Information

  • Pick up for the Golden Circle tour starts at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Depending on the season, the pick up for the Northern Lights part starts at 9:30 p.m. (March 1 to September 30) or 8:30 p.m. (October 1 to end of February).

Day 3 Highlights

Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) is a geological wonder and an ancient parliament site. Here, in the year 930 c.e., the Vikings gathered and created Iceland’s first parliament, the Althing. Located in a broad rift valley, Thingvellir marks the place where North America and Europe are visibly tearing apart. The park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.

Geysir Hot Spring Area, situated in Haukadalur Valley, is Iceland's geothermal mecca. The area is full of bubbling mud pools and steamy geysers. Here find the Great Geysir, now a dormant blowhole, after which all other geysers are named. The highlight is Strokkur, the most active spout in the area. Strokkur sends vast jets of boiling water up to 100 feet about every 10 minutes. 

Gullfoss Waterfall is Iceland’s signature cascade. The two-tier waterfall is a spectacular sight. In summer, it’s roaring away in full power. In winter, it’s partly frozen and glitter with ice. We’ll take you to the upper viewing area. What could be cooler than standing on the top of the canyon and feeling the raw power of crashing water?

Secret Lagoon is a calm geothermal pool that was built at the end of the 19th century. The locals call it gamla laugin, which means “old pool.” Enjoy a soothing dip in the mineral-rich waters. The area is surrounded by geothermal landscapes. Nearby sits a little geyser that erupts every 5 minutes. The pool is always about 100°F (38°C).

Humpback Whale in Dalvik Iceland

Humpback Whale in Dalvik

Church Vik and Panorama

Church in Vik and Panorama

Secret Lagoon Hot Spring In Iceland

Secret Lagoon View